Feburary Events

February 2019 Events at San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

We look forward to welcoming you to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf in the New Year! If you plan to visit in February or beyond, there are fun attractions to visit, things to see and do, hotels to stay, restaurants and bars to dine and drink, andplenty of sights and sounds.  There are also special events celebrating Valentine’s Day!

Here's what's happening at San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

Alioto's Restaurant, A San Francisco Legacy Business

Alioto’s Restaurant was recently approved by the San Francisco Small Business Commission for the Legacy Business Registry.  The Registry recognizes longstanding, community-serving businesses as valuable cultural assets to the city.
Alioto’s is a landmark family-owned restaurant serving seafood specialties like crab Cioppino and Sicilian family recipes handed down by generations.  What started in 1925 as a fresh fish stand at stall #8 by Sicilian immigrant Nunzio Alioto grew to become the first building on Fisherman’s Wharf in 1932, then a full scale restaurant in 1938.  The restaurant features stunning bay views and sports an iconic fish-shaped neon sign and name.  Alioto’s treats their guests with ‘della famiglia’ charm and continues to be an iconic San Francisco classic. 
Location: #8 Fisherman’s Wharf, Foot of Taylor Street
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday); 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-673-0183 or email info@aliotos.com  


February is full of reasons to celebrate and congregate, from Super Bowl LIII to Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day.  The Buena Vista will be keeping things festive, so gather friends and family (or come solo – you’re always sure to make new friends at the BV!) and join us for a hearty meal, some merry mingling and heart-warming libations, all sure to chase away winter’s chill.  Raise a glass of our world-famous Irish Coffee to toast your favorite Super Bowl team, your significant other, or former presidents Washington and Lincoln during this month chock-full of red-letter days.


Be sure to visit the Buena Vista gift shop (located adjacent to the Cafe), offering a selection of exclusive BV logo-printed apparel, accessories, gifts, souvenirs and collectibles.
Dates: Super Bowl Sunday, February 3; Valentine’s Day, February 14; and Presidents’ Day, February 18
Hours: Lunch, Dinner & All-Day Breakfast.  Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Weekends: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Location: 2765 Hyde Street (at Beach)
For more information: Call 1-415-474-5044

Rockin' Big Game Day

You’ll be sure to make a touchdown when you choose to come watch the Big Game at Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco on PIER 39.  We’ll be featuring a Big Game Jumbo Combo (specialty items featured from each of the competing team’s areas), Bucket of Beer Special, and Special Bar Area.  The game will featured on BIG screen televisions.  Be sure to save a spot to get a good view of the game on TV!
Date: Sunday, February 3, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Entrance of PIER 39

Alcatraz Cruises' Buy One Get One Free (BOGO)

Alcatraz Cruises is launching its second annual “Buy One, Get One Free” (BOGO) ticket promotion. Although Alcatraz Cruises’ tours often sell out during the year, it is a priority to educate the community about the robust history of the Island.  As a result, Alcatraz Cruises wants to encourage local residents to experience the assets that make Alcatraz Island one of the country’s most visited national parks.
Offered only to Bay Area residents*, this special “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket promotion is available only on the following dates:
February 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27, 2019
*Only residents of the following counties are eligible: Alameda; Contra Costa; Marin; Napa; San Francisco; San Mateo; Santa Clara; Solano; and Sonoma.
Times: All Day Tours
Location: Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing

Science of Cocktails at the Exploratorium

Shake up your night with all-you-can-drink inventive cocktails by some of the Bay Area’s best bartenders, cocktail science, live music, delectable bites, and 1969-themed spaces — all to support educational programs and to celebrate the Exploratorium’s 50th anniversary.  Tickets are on sale now for the Exploratorium’s most spirited fundraiser!


Located at Pier 15 along San Francisco’s Embarcadero between the Fisherman’s Wharf and the Ferry Building, the Exploratorium is easy to get to on public transportation.


Date: Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: 9:00 p.m. to midnight 
Location: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)
For more information: Call 1-415-528-4444 or email visit@exploratorium.edu    


PIER 39’s iconic floral festival, Tulipmania, returns with more than 39,000 blooming tulips and other seasonal garden favorites!  Enjoy the flowers’ beauty and learn helpful gardening tips by taking free guided tours led by PIER 39’s Landscaping experts.  The guided tours depart at 10:00 a.m. daily from the Crab Statue in the Entrance Plaza and end with a special treat from Trish’s Mini Donuts. Self-guided tours can also be taken any time during Tulipmania.  The tulips typically begin blooming in early February and will last through mid-March (weather dependent).  Check back for more information.

Dates: February 9 – 18, 2019 

Location: PIER 39, Embarcadero at Beach Street
For more information: Call 1-415-705-5500      

Local's Lounge at The Cheese School

The Cheese School of San Francisco is the only independent institution of its kind in the nation.  We are a school, cafe, event space, cheese shop and caterers.  Our philosophy is “eating is learning”.  We will treat you to a cornucopia of education and tasting events, both structured and informal.
Beginning on Sunday, February 10, grab a neighbor and come enjoy wine specials and delicious nibbles from the cafe while mingling in our upstairs classroom.   
Dates: Every Sunday Beginning February 10, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Location: Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point Street
For more information: Call 1-415-346-7530 or email info@thecheeseschool.com  

Valentine's Day Season Kickoff!

Join Adventure Cat for a special Valentine’s Day 2-hour Sunset Cruise, also kicking off our 2019 sailing season!


We’ll sail out under the Golden Gate and around Alcatraz, and back down the romantic city skyline.  $80.00 per person includes 2 drinks and light appetizers.  Book online now!
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  (Boarding at 3:30 p.m.)
Location: PIER 39, Gate J (right next to the sea lions)
For more information: Call 1-800-498-4228 or email info@adventurecat.com 

Valentine's Day Bay Lights Cruise

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a Blue and Gold Fleet romantic sunset cruise around San Francisco Bay and the best view of the Bay Lights!  The cruise will take you from PIER 39 to the Golden Gate Bridge and back through Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, around Alcatraz Island, to the Bay Bridge.  After the sun sets, watch the entire western span of the bridge light up and transform into the world’s largest LED light sculpture creating a never-repeating dazzling display.  
Don’t miss this breathtaking experience from the best seats on the bay!  Includes cash bar, light hors d’oeuvres and dessert, rose giveaway, photo booth, 6 hours of parking at the PIER 39 Garage for only $12.00 ($72.00 value), Valentine’s Day music and more!  Buy tickets at the PIER 39 Box Office or blueandgoldfleet.com.
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Departure Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  (Boarding begins at 5:15 p.m.)
Location: PIER 39 (Embarcadero at Beach Street)
For more information: Call 1-415-705-8200 or info@blueandgoldfleet.com

Blue Mermaid Valentine's Day Dinner & Daily Happy Hour

Maybe you’ve heard the siren’s call for superb seafood in San Francisco, but wondering where the best catch would be.  Lucky you!  The Blue Mermaid Restaurant has an authentic, richly textured oceanfront ambiance accented with sea-faring touches like renderings of mermaids, rough-hewn timbers and thick braids of rope. 

Join us for a special Valentine’s Day Dinner on February 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Pre-fixe 3-course menu at $45.00 per person. 
We also have a daily Happy Hour in the Patio from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., where everything is $8.00 and under:  Draught Beer – $5.00; Champagne/Wine – $6.00; Cocktail of the Day – $7.00; and Small Food Plates – $8.00.  

Location: Right next to the Argonaut Hotel, 495 Jefferson Street
For more information: Call 1-415-771-2222 or email BlueMermaid@noblehousehotels.com   

Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise

The perfect gift for a perfect Valentine’s Day.  Surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a magical Red and White Fleet cruise on the bay.  Enjoy a romantic buffet dinner, live entertainment, and complimentarybeer and wine as the city lights sparkle and dance behind you.  Cuddle up on our cozy vessel, make a toast, and share a moment that will last a lifetime!
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Pier 43 1/2 
For more information: Call 1-415-673-2900

Oracle Park Tours

It’s a ballpark where home runs can be “splash hits” and the breathtaking bay view rivals the action on the field.  It’s where one of baseball’s most hallowed franchises plays inside an architectural landmark.  Come visit the Home of the San Francisco Giants and go behind the scenes with one of our seasoned Tour Guides.  Get a player’s-eye view from the Dugout, the Visitor’s Batting Cage and Clubhouse.  Tour stops may also include the Bob Stevens Press Box, a Luxury Suite, and our Giants memorabilia display on the Club Level.
Dates: Now through February 28, 2019
Times: 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  (Tours last 1.5 hours long.)
Location: Oracle Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza
For more information: Call 1-415-972-2400 or email toursinfo@sfgiants.com    

Healthy New Year's of Ice Cream

Keep your New Year’s resolution by trying our new light ice cream: Mocha Fudge Brownie.  At 140-160 calories per serving, this flavor is the lightest way to enjoy all the euphoria of Ben & Jerry’s — including all those funky chunks and whirly swirls. Fewer calories and less fat than regular ice cream means it’s even sweeter to dig into a bowl of your favorite sweet treat!
Come by our shop and try a free stample today!  Show the staff this newsletter listing and get 20% off your total purchase!
Dates: Now through February 28, 2019
Locations: 475 Jefferson Street (next to Argonaut Hotel) and Pier 41
Hours of Argonaut Hotel Location: 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Monday and Tuesday); 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Wednesday through Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.(Saturday); and 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Sunday).  

Hours of Pier 41 Location: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday); 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday); and 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Sunday).  
For more information: Call Janna Kaufman, 1-650-465-8001

Dungeness Crab Season at Fog Harbor Fish House

Fog Harbor Fish House, the quintessential waterfront dining experience, is proud to be named a Top 5 Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco.  Family owned and operated, spanning through three generations, Fog Harbor offers 100% sustainable seafood favorites, ranging from Award-Winning Clam Chowder, Dungeness Crab, Jumbo Scallop & Crab Risotto, Cioppino, and Seafood Platters.  As Dungeness Crab Season continues and the winter months roll through, Fog Harbor has developed a Dungeness Crab menu that is available for guests to explore the fresh, local crab dishes Fog Harbor has to offer.

Located on the second level of PIER 39, Fog harbor’s dining room offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, while guests sip on California Wines, Draft Beers and Award-Winning Handcrafted Cocktails.  Make your reservations now!

Dates: Now through February 28, 2019 
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday); 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Saturday); and 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Sunday)
Location: Second Level of PIER 39
For more information: Call 1-415-421-2442 or email fogharbor@simcorestaurants.com 

Dungeness Crab at Pier Market Seafood Restaurant

Pier Market Seafood Restaurant offers a 100% sustainable seafood, and a  waterfront dining experience with views of the San Francisco Bay, the infamous PIER 39 Sea Lions and Alcatraz.  As winter and local dungeness crab season continue, Pier Market offers a variety of local Dungeness Crab dishes, ranging from Whole Oven Garlic Roasted Crab, infamous Clam Chowder topped with Crab, Crab Cocktail and more.  Pier Market sources their crab from local fishermen that are 100% sustainable, and they are excited to continue serving high quality crab for the winter seasons.
Dine with us and enjoy winter festivities, and the bustling PIER 39 while sipping on California Wines, Draft Beers and Handcrafted Cocktails.  Get a behind the scenes view of our chefs at work with an open kitchen and grill overlooking the Bay.  Make your reservations now!
Dates: Now through February 28, 2019
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday); 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Friday); 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Saturday); and 10:30 a.m.. to 9:00 p.m. (Sunday)
Location: Lower Level in the middle of PIER 39
For more information: Call 1-415-989-7437 or email piermarket@simcorestaurants.com

California Winter and Surf Vibes at Wipeout Bar & Grill

Wipeout Bar & Grill is open every day during the winter months!  Experience the California winter season and surf vibes from breakfast to after-dinner drinks with local draft feers and handcrafted cocktails outdoors by the fire pit, or indoors with cozy lights and bumpin’ music. Wipeout starts everyday with breakfast favorites, including Combos, Omelettes, Huevos Rancheros and more.  As the afternoon and evenings commence, enjoy the bustling of PIER 39 and sports on flat screen TV’s seen from every table, while dining on a variety of appetizers and entrees ranging from 100% sustainable seafood to Wipeout Burgers, Paddlin’ Pizzas and Big Wave Bowls.
In our strides toward sustainability and environmental protection, Wipeout is a San Francisco Green Certified Business and has proudly made the switch to paper straws.
Dates: Now through January 31, 2019
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday); 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday).  Breakfast daily from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: The end of PIER 39 (across from the carousel)
For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-986-5966

The Gregangelo Museum -- the "Weirdest Home in the City"

The Gregangelo Museum is a one-of-a-kind artistic spectacle that has become known as the “Weirdest Home in the City.”  Dreamed up by native San Franciscan and Artistic Director of Velocity Circus, Gregangelo Herrera, the tour explores the unique history of San Francisco, the artistry that founded it, and the diverse cultures that make up its residents.  

Disconnect digitally and reconnect to the world around you as you are led on an imaginative journey that explores a myriad of immersive installations.  Rich with earnest conversation, laughter and dynamic storytelling, this interactive experience is sure to ignite the imagination and captivate the senses.

Tours by appointment only.  Half-tours are $65.00 – $75.00; Full tours are $85.00.
Hours: Tours available year-round by appointment only
Location: 225 San Leandro Way, San Francisco
For more information or reservations: Call 1-415-664-0095 or email greg@gregangelo.com 

Tailor-Made for Transportation and Tours

If you are thinking prestige, you have come to the right place. Serving the entire Bay Area, Protocol Transportation offers the Finest in Official and Proper Transportation.  
For your Holiday celebration events, we provide a first-class transport experience.  We can also take you on a San Francisco City Tour, including the San Francisco City Tour (Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, Japanese Tea Garden, Lombard “Crooked” Street, Seal Rock); Monterey/Carmel Tour; Muir Woods/Sausalito Tour; or a Wine Country Tour.
For business meetings, conferences, or team-building outings, Protocol is also ready to help plan an event of any scale including airport services, point to point transfers and as directed.
Location: 514 Presidio Avenue
For more information: Call 1-415-923-0934

Bay Views at the Argonaut Hotel

Wake up to serene views* of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.  Stay only steps from the waterfront.  

Located in the historic Haslett Warehouse in Fisherman’s Wharf, the Argonaut Hotel is a grand building built in 1907 of exposed brick, Douglas Fir beams and much seaside character; you feel as though you can almost reach out and touch the colorful Barbary Coast past here.

Wake on Water package includes 15% off Bayview Rooms and Suites.  Based on availability, blackout dates apply.  

Location: 495 Jefferson Street (at Hyde)
For more information: Call 1-415-563-0800 or Reservations: 1-800-790-1415   

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Park On Us at Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf

Zoe wants you to feel at home in San Francisco.  By being in the know, you’ll get more than you thought you would while staying in the heart of the city.  Take the kids, and the car, on an adventure around the city.  As a boutique hotel near popular family attractions such as PIER 39’s sea lion colony and the Aquarium of the Bay, feel free to park the car at our expense while you enjoy the surrounding neighborhoods.  

Our Park On Us  package includes deluxe hotel accommodations; valet parking for one car (regularly $58.00 + tax and $68.00 + tax for oversized vehicles); and complimentary Zoka coffee each morning.   

Dates: Now through February 28, 2019
Location: 425 North Point Street (at Mason)
For more information: Call 1-415-561-1100 or email

Winter Favorites at Pompei's Grotto

It’s been said that cioppino was invented on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf by the Italian fishermen returning from a day at sea and each boat contributing some catch to a community pot, resulting in a delicious combination of various fresh fish and shellfish cooked with wine, garlic and tomatoes in a hearty stew which they would share with each other and their families.  Their wives would bring wine and bread, and they would feast on the fresh caught stew as the night grew cold.
Pompei’s Grotto proudly continues this Italian tradition with our hearty Fisherman’s Stew — prawns, clams, mussels, calamari and fresh local fish in a garlic tomato broth — and our savory Crab Cioppino — fresh Dungeness crab in the shell, mussels, clams and prawns in an herbed tomato sauce to warm you up on chilly San Francisco days.
Enjoy our full menu: salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta, meat & poultry, and our seafood combinations.  Lunch specials include: $6.00 Clam Chowder Bread Bowl; $7.00 Fish & Chips; $4.00 Bloody Mary; and $4.00 Pompei’s Lager pint.  Daily Happy Hour special menu from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday); 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Location: 340 Jefferson Street (between Jones and Leavenworth)
For more information: Call 1-415-776-9265 or email info@pompeisgrotto.com

Big Bus Tours

Explore San Francisco’s famous landmarks on a Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour.  Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cruise through the city on an open-top bus and learn about San Francisco’s unique history.  You have the choice of a personal recorded commentary, available in 10 languages, or an entertaining live commentary.  Our unique city tour has 20 stops for guest to hop-on or hop-off the bus to visit attractions and points of interest.  Other tour options include Panoramic Night Tour and Sausalito Trolley Tour.  Immerse yourself in San Francisco’s diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture and one-of-a-kind views.
Tour Hours: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (every 15 minutes)
Location: 99 Jefferson Street (at Mason Street)
For more information: Call 1-855-854-8687 

Annual Events at Fisherman’s Wharf